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. a terms of healthcare, in nation with over 45 million people lacking any health insurance and at a time when the cost of healthcare in this country is far higher than in any other country on earth, the va is recognized as providing excellent healthcare in a cost effective way to those who have served our country. like every other healthcare organization the va can do better and must do better. but everyone will agree the va has come a very long way in the last 20 to 30 years in terms of healthcare. another issue, homelessness. at a time when too many americans and people in my home state of vermont are sleeping in the street and their cars, the va has undertaken an effort to significantly reduce the number of homeless veterans in our country. since 2009 there has been a 17% decline in veteran homelessness despite the tough economy. that's the good news. the bad news is there were still more than 62,000 homeless veterans in january of 2012. the va must sustain its positive efforts in combating veteran homelessness. progress is being made, more must be done. through its world class resear
of different answers. some people like being paid, having benefits, healthcare. the people like the folks they worked with. some people like the surroundings in which they worked. was theycommon answer knew that what they were doing wwaas important and they thought they were making progress. think about that. is work you and your team doing is incredibly important. we were reminded of that this week read in many ways, the progress is being made in that as a tribute to you, your predecessors and those you lead. everything i do i know i can do better. beene extent there's criticism here, the intent is to be constructive and figure out how we can work with you to enable you and us to do our responsibilities better. but that having been said, the hearing record will remain open for 15 days until may 2, 5:00 p.m. we thank you for yotur time. this hearing is adjourned. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> tomorrow, eric holder will testify at a hearing about the justice department budget. houseoverage of the appropri
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